Pinoys abused, tortured in Malaysia crackdown

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EVEN legitimate overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Malaysia were not spared in the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants as tales of abuse and torture continue to be ignored by envoys there.

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Because of this, Malacañang on Thursday directed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to immediately mobilize its consular office in Malaysia to check on the reports.

“There is priority attention being given [to those reports]to find out the particular cases of undue and unjust harassment or harm [against Filipinos],” said Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

He said Filipino officials in Malaysia will be asked to act on the reports.

Coloma said he will personally call up Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Ed Malaya to know the condition of those who were affected by the crackdown.

“Specific [complaints]should require clarification,” he added.
Reports reaching Malacañang indicated that a group of legitimate OFWs was jailed along with undocumented ones in Kota Kinabalu. There, the Filipinos, including one architect who has been working legally in the country, were crammed in a small jail cell.

“They were treated like sardines and one could sleep only while standing or hardly sitting down,” said DZRH reporter Florante Rosales, whose brother was among those rounded up by Malaysian police.

Rosales said his younger brother, who was able to sneak in a cellular phone inside the facility, claimed that they were beaten up and made to confess on violations they did not commit.

“The DFA reacts very slowly. Our relatives are there legally and yet they were abused, counted among those undocumented,” Rosales told the Times.

According to his brother, Rosales said the consul of Malaysia should be investigated and that President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself should crack the whip on embassy officials who have been remiss in their duties.

“They give no support to jailed Filipinos. Many are sick. Women are being raped by Malaysian guards,” he quoted his younger brother as saying.

Coloma vowed “prompt action from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.”

“I am sure that it will be given priority attention by our ambassador,” he said.

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  1. These abuses by the Malaysian police on Filipinos have been going on for years but the Philippine government plays a deaf ear on the torture and rape of
    Pinoy workers so as not to offend the Malaysian government! There was a case of a teenage girl who was gang-raped everyday by jail guards in Malaysia that she contracted STD and died upon arrival in the Philippines. Did the Philippine government investigate her case? Search all the news archives on the tragic death of this girl from Mindanao. Give her justice! In India, thousands protested the gang-rape of the young woman which resulted to her death. Are Filipinos brave enough to raise their protest against the abuses of the Malaysian police?

  2. Kasalanan na rin natin ito, pag kumilos ang pamahalaan laban sa mga ginawa ng Malaysia sa ating mga kababayan at paalisin ang mga OFW duon pabalik sa Pinas, mag iingay na naman lalo na ang mga militante kung bakit ginawa yun at kung naging “timid” naman ang reaksyon ng pamahalaan bakit hindi ginawa yun. Kahit anong sasabihin, talagang nangangailangan tayo ng mapaglagyan ng mga Pilipinong walang makuhang trabaho dito na mas malaki ang sahod. Wala namang masisisi kundi tayo na rin, mga suwapang na mga negosyante at politiko at mga namamahala sa pamahalaan, mga tamad na Pinoy kung dito sa atin magtrabaho at maluho kahit maliit ang sahod.